Length of lesson: 45-60 minutes, 2 class periods
Connecticut Science Content Standards
3.4 — Earth materials provide resources for all living things, but these resources are limited and should be conserved.
3.4.a. — Decisions made by individuals can affect the global supply of many resources.
Prior Knowledge: Students will be familiar with the topic and related terminology covered in prior lessons.
Student Learning Objectives: Students will learn how human actions impact their local environments and will create an awareness project to inform others of the issue.
Conservation - protecting natural resources, animals, and their habitats
Recycle - to convert into reusable material
Ecosystem - a biological environment consisting of all of the living organisms living in a particular area
Assessment-Essential Key Question: Students will be turning in individual assignments that demonstrate their knowledge of the content.
Technological resources: Computer with MS Word or other Layout application, Digital Camera
Instructional Strategies: Modeling
Grouping Strategies: Individual work
Initiation: To initiate the lesson, open a discussion with students about how they became aware of the problem of pollution in our society. Bring in an example of an awareness poster covering a conservation/pollution topic and tell students that today’s lesson will give them an opportunity to educate their schoolmates on what they have learned about pollution to help with awareness and prevention.
1. Students will be assigned issues from the KWL chart from Lesson 1. There will be some overlapping of topics, but that will be acceptable for this activity.
2. After assigning topics, students will be asked to take a picture of that form of pollution in their town using a digital camera (Students should use personal digital cameras with their parents’ assistance. If student’s family does not have a digital camera, the teacher will assist the student in taking the pictures on school grounds.). Students will then have to take a picture of them preventing or stopping that pollution or waste from happening.
3. With the pictures they have taken, students will create an awareness poster in the computer lab. The poster will include the before and after pictures, as well as terminology defining the problem and the solution.
Closure: When each student has completed their poster, the posters will be hung on the board/wall outside the classroom for the rest of the school to see.
Intervention: Students with special needs and that require accommodations will be given assistance on an individual need basis. Extra time can be given. The teacher or media specialist will assist students that need additional help.
Extension: Students that are able to finish their posters early should assist their classmates in the project.